The new NFL stadium being built for the Atlanta Falcons will now officially be plastered with the name Mercedes-Benz. The automaker’s signed a naming rights deal through 2042 which means you can expect to see the Mercedes-Benz brand everywhere you look. Financial terms of the agreement aren’t being made public.
Upon its completion in 2017, the world-class sports and entertainment facility will be home to the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons and Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United. The multi-purpose stadium will also host other major events, including the NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2020.
At a press conference announcing the partnership, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United Owner Arthur Blank unveiled the newly-branded stadium model and spoke about the attributes that make Mercedes-Benz the ideal partner for the stadium project.
“Mercedes-Benz fits all of the criteria we set out in finding a naming rights partner,” said Blank. “Their name and reputation fit the iconic image of the building; they are committed to excellence in customer service and experience; their values mesh with those of the Falcons, Atlanta United and the rest of our businesses; and they are a company that embraces the communities in which they do business.”
The announcement comes following the July relocation of MBUSA’s corporate headquarters from their former setting in northern New Jersey to metro Atlanta.
“We chose Atlanta as the foundation for the future of our company– a place where our brand, our employees, their families and our culture can thrive and grow,” said Stephen Cannon, president and CEO of MBUSA. “This stadium is an opportunity to connect our brand to the promise and opportunity that this remarkable facility represents for Atlanta’s future.”
The press conference was also attended by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
“I’m confident that this partnership will enhance the long-term economic growth and success of both Atlanta and our state as a whole,” said Governor Deal. “I am proud to be a part of this effort to create jobs, allow us to more successfully compete for world-class sports and entertainment events and draw even more visitors to support our thriving tourism industry.”
Currently under construction in Atlanta’s downtown tourist and entertainment district, Mercedes-Benz Stadium represents the latest in design and features for a multi-purpose venue.
Central to the building design is utilization of natural light, with an exterior skin made of ETFE panels and a retractable roof inspired by the oculus in the ancient Roman Pantheon. The stadium will also seek LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification at the highest level from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“Mercedes-Benz represents excellence, superior quality and performance. It is the perfect corporate partner to have naming rights for our new state-of-the-art Atlanta Falcons Stadium in the heart of downtown,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “Atlanta continues to attract leading companies and venues that create well-paying jobs and boost tourism spending in our city. This partnership is another example of our growth as a world-class city and of our will to win.”